With the advent of e-books and e-book readers, and the global adoption of EPUB as the most open and flexible e-book standard of all, a conversion utility like iStonsoft PDF to ePub Converter makes lots of sense. It is capable of transforming your “static” PDF files into text-reflowable documents, and in a format supported by most e-book players.
The way this tool has been designed, it may certainly be of great use for those looking for bulk, “quick and dirty” conversion capabilities. This is because you will not have the possibility of customizing the way the layout of the original PDF files will be rendered when transformed into EPUB books. The most you can do is decide if you want the resulting EPUB documents to be text- of image-based. The former will allow you to search for keywords in the text (subject to your e-book reader capabilities) and to allow your e-book reader to reflow the text when required. The latter, however, will transfer each page in the PDF file as an image, thus leaving the original layout of the document intact. This conversion process is actually unnecessary if your e-book reader can already display PDF documents, as the reading experience of a PDF and that of an image-based EPUB are identical.
The only other thing you can have a say in is the number or the range of pages that will be converted, which may change from file to file.
All in all, this is certainly a useful tool, especially for those needing to convert large quantities of PDF files into EPUB. Just make sure that your PDF files look very much like the EPUB books you want to read, or this tool may somehow disappoint you.
- Simplicity of use, suitable for all users
- Produces text-searchable, text-reflowable EPUB documents
- Good-quality rendition of original layout
- Lack of layout settings